Thank you for reviving some extremely happy memories for me with your article “By Jove!” (Motor Sport, February 1988).
I was fortunate enough to have been a member of the Experimental Department team at Jowett Cars Ltd, right up to the end of 1953. This was when the company ceased production of the Javelin, the Jupiter and the Bradford van. It was a period of my life I will never forget and will ever be grateful for because, as you infer in your article, how could we have achieved so many successes in such a short time? It really was a bit of true-life giant-killing. I suppose it was brought about by a number of factors, not the least of which were dedication, enthusiasm and a small — and therefore not so unwieldy — group of young development people. Also, nobody had told us we ought to stand in awe of the “Big Boys” in the business, so how were we to know? It is amazing what innocence and confidence can do under such circumstances.
Philip H Green, Cranleigh, Surrey